2024 Art Exhibition

Art exhibition
Art Exhibition by French

2024 is a significant year for The Friends of Holland Park as we celebrate the 40th art exhibition. Initiated by the architect and then chairman of The Friends, Sir Hugh Casson, as a way of promoting both established and emerging artists, The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition has grown into a dynamic spring show in which 70+ local artists contribute artworks that are displayed in one of London’s unique spaces, The Orangery in Holland Park.

To celebrate this 40th anniversary, I have not selected an individual Feature Artist - Holland Park will be the feature and the focus of the Feature Artist panel. Our thanks go to Ilchester Estates, for whose unwavering support we are sincerely grateful.

Could all artists please remember to have their completed forms, showing details of all their exhibits, to me by Friday 8th March. To do this, they must already be a Friend and have registered to exhibit. If you have been thinking about entering, do it! There is still time, and we would love you to join us.

Gordon French


Friday, 8 March Final date for artist exhibit details forms to be received to allow catalogue listing
Friday, 5 April Artists deliver artworks to The Orangery, Holland Park, 8.30-11am
All artists will be required to sign the catalogue to certify that all details are correct.
Friday, 5 April Hanging and judging, 11am – 6pm
Saturday, 6 April Exhibition opens to the public over nine days.to Sunday, 14 April. 
Sunday, 14 April Artist and buyers collect works, 6.15 – 7pm
Monday, 15 April Artist and buyers collect works, 9-11am

Artists are particularly asked not to collect their works before 6.15pm on Sunday 14 April.

[February 2024]


I am so pleased to begin preparations for the 40th Friends of Holland Park Annual Art Exhibition, particularly as it coincides with the tenth year that I, and my family, have been involved in its organisation. The French family are extremely proud to continue this association with The Friends, a partnership that reflects our shared values of creativity and community.

Over the last two years we have introduced large plants, supplied by idverde, into The Orangery and they look superb. We will continue to find ways of enhancing the presentation of the space; but the truth is you, the artists, are the exhibition! The public comes for the art, whether they are a friend, saw the exhibition poster on a noticeboard, or were just walking past The Orangery and saw it open. 35% of the money from the sale of your artworks goes to The Friends, so that they can continue the important work they do in Holland Park. So, this is a call to action, artists! Please register and pay the registration fee, so I can send you the information/exhibit details forms. I want to see those red dots in April!

The conditions of entry are as before:  Friends who are artists, and artists who become Friends, are invited to exhibit up to ten works.  This should be made up of two framed works to hang on the walls, and up to eight unframed works for display in the browser print stands, the latter with a maximum size 70 x 100cm (including cardboard mounts but no wooden mounts).  Friends are also invited to exhibit up to ten three-dimensional objects such as ceramics, stoneware and small sculptures for the main exhibition.  The minimum sale price for the works in the main exhibition will be £75.  Artists can enter the Mini-Market of small works on offer at £65 and under, this includes cards and craft items, but no paintings.

Friends interested in exhibiting in the art exhibition, the Mini-Market, or both, need to register and pay £15 entry fee before they receive the artist exhibits forms.  The easiest way to register and pay is on our website, www.thefriendsofhollandpark.org.  If you do not pay online you must complete an order form and pay the £15 entry fee.

Register online HERE

REGISTRATION OPENS ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER. Artists who have registered for the main exhibition may include works in the Mini-Market at no additional cost.  Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Information about the exhibition is available here on our website www.thefriendsofhollandpark.org or from me, Gordon French, 19 Kensington Court Place London W8 5BJ; email: gordon.l.french@gmail.com. telephone 020 7937 7222.  All the information regarding the 2024 exhibition, feature artist and sponsorship will be detailed in the spring newsletter.

Let’s make the 40th exhibition something extra special. I look forward to seeing you in The Orangery.  

Gordon French

[November 2023]